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17 Nov 18
355 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 39

Health is a vehicle. Not a destination - Joshua Rosenthal

  • 38

 

There are times in your life when you feel like you are at a crossroads. The weight of the decision that you are trying to make can be crippling. These decisions can be about:

  • your career path and what to study
  • your relationship – whether to leave or stay
  • a friendship – deciding to let it go
  • your job – do you leave it?
  • the weight of a pregnancy that is unplanned and possibly unwanted, etc.

I have been faced with all of these forks in the road in my life. What I have learned is that the best compass to use when navigating the journey of life is to learn to listen to your heart.

If you find yourself making lists, analyzing this angle vs that angle, evaluating the pros and cons, etc, then you are listening to the voice of the egoic mind whose copilots are fear, pain, suffering and protection. These decisions are really matters of the heart, therefore, we need to allow the voice of our heart to speak.

In order to listen to our hearts, we need to quieten the voice of fear coming from our mind and get still so that we can hear the whispers from our heart. This is a fundamental aspect of the work I do with my patients, and what I teach my colleagues who seek guidance from me.

A common concern is differentiating between the voice of the heart and the voice of the mind. If you aren’t used to tuning in to your gut feeling and trusting it, you might doubt its message at first.

It would be nice if we could just call 1-800-DOUBT for assistance. Since that hotline doesn’t exist, we end up calling someone who knows us for help and advice, often a parent, sibling, best friend, colleague or therapist. By talking to someone who knows us, we hope to get clear answers. The key is to learn to trust yourself for the answers versus searching outside of yourself.

When it comes to “matters of the heart,” the answer resides in you. It requires listening. Start by having a conversation with your heart around simple decisions, such as: “Tonight, would you like brown rice or quinoa for dinner?” Or, if you are paleo/keto and don’t eat grains, then ask yourself “chicken or beef tonight”? Slowly work your way up with these small decisions so that you can build your confidence when it comes to making bigger life decisions. I encourage you to check in with your heart for the small decisions you make every day, such as what to wear, which route to take when driving, what to order if you are eating out, what to watch on TV or what to cook for dinner.

I find it helpful to remind myself of this quote by Joseph Campbell: “The heart must usher the mind into the zone of revelation”. We must use our mind for to implement the “how’s” of the heart. Not the other way around. I am here to help you with the process. I have created a course that dives deeper into these teachings. I hope you will join me there. 

Dr Chris Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor focusing on mental health in Edmonton, AB, Canada

https://drchristinabjorndal.com/coaching/ 

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Caregivers need care

Often, we forget to look at our own health when so concerned with the ones we care for.

I hear it time and time again – from my patients who are caregivers for aging parents or sick children.

Right after they’re finished with caring for others they say, “and then I got sick as soon as it was all over”.  Why is that? And can we do anything to prevent it? One explanation for this phenomenon relates to our adrenal glands.

Our adrenal glands are a pair of organs on top of our kidneys. They are small and mighty: they produce hormones that regulate important body functions like water balance, metabolism, blood pressure, and the body’s response to stress.

The hormone cortisol is essential to the stress response role of the adrenals. Having enough cortisol is necessary for our day-to-day functions, producing energy, and being awake during the daytime.

When the body senses stress, the adrenals release a surge of cortisol.

This surge is what causes the “fight or flight” condition we know in acute stress. It increases blood delivery to the muscles, increases your heart rate and breathing, and it slows processes that are less necessary when under acute stress, such as digestion, immunity, higher brain function, and creating sex hormones.

What’s interesting is that stress can be either physical (running from a tiger) or psychological (being fired form work), but it will produce the same effect on the body. And, in today’s modern world, we are subjected to prolonged periods of psychological stress, with all the downstream effects that that brings.

Picture this: Imagine you have a pair of soaked sponges, spilling over with excess water.

These are your healthy adrenal glands that are full with with energy-producing hormones such as cortisol. With stress, you start to squeeze the sponges little by little.

If you don’t take time to rest, nourish yourself, and refill your sponges, they will slowly start to dry out.

Eventually, you wring out the last few drops of cortisol and reach adrenal fatigue. Your body is no longer able to function properly or handle stress. This is why after someone finishes a big project, completes final exams in university, or no longer needs to care for a sick loved one they find themselves sick shortly thereafter.

When we are caring for a dying parent, we end up holding our breath, putting everything on hold, and doing all that we can in the moments in between – essentially giving all that we have – that our tanks run empty.

For a time, we run on fumes. And when that person departs this place, we can exhale. We let down our guard. We often collapse in exhaustion. And frequently, illness will set in, such as a chronic cough or constant cold that won’t go away.

 

 

Dr. Chris Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor focusing on mental health in Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

www.drchristinabjorndal.com

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3 Nov 18 - 29 Dec 23
Rishikesh, UK, India
  • 53
THE 30-DAY RESET PLATINUM PLUS
 
The most comprehensive package. 
You will benefit from 1 initial consultation, 2 follow-ups, The 30-Day Reset support pack, and the most advanced food intolerance test covering 200+ foods.
This is the best package if you want to start on solid foundations, knowing exactly what to do and how to best follow the program. Having two follow-ups included, you can monitor your progress, identify challenges, and greatly benefit from the active support of your practitioner. 
You are bound for success!!! 
  • 56

Includes one initial consultation, one follow-up, the 30-Day Reset support pack and thorough intolerance test, that utilises a new, state of the art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food intolerances from a list of 120 commonly eaten foods. 
This is the best package if you suspect food intolerances, or know you react to certain foods so that during the program you only eliminate the foods that may cause symptoms, adding welcoming shortcuts when re-introducing problematic foods into the diet. This greatly increases compliance and allows you to be your best and stay your best

  • 18
THE 30 DAY RESET GOLD
 
This package includes The 30-Day Reset support pack, 1 initial consultation, 1 follow-up, and a food intolerance test, which includes 59 commonly eaten foods.
The test is done in the clinic with a simple pinprick. 
Results are given in person in just 40 minutes.
  • 9

Do not start blind. 
Includes a consultation, a follow-up, and The 30-Day Reset support pack, allowing you to start on solid foundations. The plan will be truly individualised to your needs and give you a sense of direction, knowing exactly where you stand and what needs to be done to reach optimum health and monitor your progress.

  • 9

I am looking for a participation of 25 people to write a piece on food waste, how to prevent it, and what are your solutions and how you implement them in your daily life, and how to help with recycling if it is not possible to avoid plastic and other wraps, containers, whatever they may be. 

Does not matter where you are in the world. 

 

The piece will be published on www.nutrunity.com platform and shared via media sites, including here. Please provide a short bio and picture, if possible. 

 

Thank you for taking part and help the world be a better place and do not hesitate to message me if you require any further information.  

  • 10

Become the hero of your own journey, happier, healthier and full of vitality.

Retune your body. Reduce inflammation. Reverse disease. Loose weight naturally. 

  • 19

Overlapping conditions:

  • Difficulties in hearing (used to wear hearing aids): 2 years
  • Effusion on all four limbs, specially lower legs: 4 years
  • Food cravings
  • High blood pressure: 2 years
  • Ocular migraine: 2 years
  • Overweight: 3 years
  • Scintillating scotoma: 20 years
  • Tinnitus: 30 years
  • Urinary incontinence: Bladder used to wake her up 1 ~ 3 times a night for 2 years
  • Pains: Lower back, both hips and right ankle for 4 years

History:

  • Lymphoma on the ilia primarily on the left side
    There were tumors on the sacra and right ilia to a lesser extent.
  • Chemotherapy from November 2012 for three months

Medications:

  • HCT (23mg) for high blood pressure since 2017
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment.
  • Claritin (10mg) for itching since 2008
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment.
  • Ibuprofen (2~4 tablets a day)
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment
  • Levothyroxine (125mcg) for Hashimoto’s disease since 1995
    Has stopped since Day 36, 08/05/18.

Improvements So Far:

  • Normal blood pressure
  • No food cravings
  • No pains
  • No urinary incontinence
  • Bladder has stopped waking her up.
  • Other improvements: vision, hearing and tinnitus
  • Has lost 17 lbs from 254 lbs

Learn more: https://saahm.net/hashimotos-disease-testimonial-vb-day-49-treatment-33/

  • 22
... or jump to: 2017, 2016
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17 Nov 18
355 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 39

Health is a vehicle. Not a destination - Joshua Rosenthal

  • 38

 

There are times in your life when you feel like you are at a crossroads. The weight of the decision that you are trying to make can be crippling. These decisions can be about:

  • your career path and what to study
  • your relationship – whether to leave or stay
  • a friendship – deciding to let it go
  • your job – do you leave it?
  • the weight of a pregnancy that is unplanned and possibly unwanted, etc.

I have been faced with all of these forks in the road in my life. What I have learned is that the best compass to use when navigating the journey of life is to learn to listen to your heart.

If you find yourself making lists, analyzing this angle vs that angle, evaluating the pros and cons, etc, then you are listening to the voice of the egoic mind whose copilots are fear, pain, suffering and protection. These decisions are really matters of the heart, therefore, we need to allow the voice of our heart to speak.

In order to listen to our hearts, we need to quieten the voice of fear coming from our mind and get still so that we can hear the whispers from our heart. This is a fundamental aspect of the work I do with my patients, and what I teach my colleagues who seek guidance from me.

A common concern is differentiating between the voice of the heart and the voice of the mind. If you aren’t used to tuning in to your gut feeling and trusting it, you might doubt its message at first.

It would be nice if we could just call 1-800-DOUBT for assistance. Since that hotline doesn’t exist, we end up calling someone who knows us for help and advice, often a parent, sibling, best friend, colleague or therapist. By talking to someone who knows us, we hope to get clear answers. The key is to learn to trust yourself for the answers versus searching outside of yourself.

When it comes to “matters of the heart,” the answer resides in you. It requires listening. Start by having a conversation with your heart around simple decisions, such as: “Tonight, would you like brown rice or quinoa for dinner?” Or, if you are paleo/keto and don’t eat grains, then ask yourself “chicken or beef tonight”? Slowly work your way up with these small decisions so that you can build your confidence when it comes to making bigger life decisions. I encourage you to check in with your heart for the small decisions you make every day, such as what to wear, which route to take when driving, what to order if you are eating out, what to watch on TV or what to cook for dinner.

I find it helpful to remind myself of this quote by Joseph Campbell: “The heart must usher the mind into the zone of revelation”. We must use our mind for to implement the “how’s” of the heart. Not the other way around. I am here to help you with the process. I have created a course that dives deeper into these teachings. I hope you will join me there. 

Dr Chris Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor focusing on mental health in Edmonton, AB, Canada

https://drchristinabjorndal.com/coaching/ 

  • 114

Caregivers need care

Often, we forget to look at our own health when so concerned with the ones we care for.

I hear it time and time again – from my patients who are caregivers for aging parents or sick children.

Right after they’re finished with caring for others they say, “and then I got sick as soon as it was all over”.  Why is that? And can we do anything to prevent it? One explanation for this phenomenon relates to our adrenal glands.

Our adrenal glands are a pair of organs on top of our kidneys. They are small and mighty: they produce hormones that regulate important body functions like water balance, metabolism, blood pressure, and the body’s response to stress.

The hormone cortisol is essential to the stress response role of the adrenals. Having enough cortisol is necessary for our day-to-day functions, producing energy, and being awake during the daytime.

When the body senses stress, the adrenals release a surge of cortisol.

This surge is what causes the “fight or flight” condition we know in acute stress. It increases blood delivery to the muscles, increases your heart rate and breathing, and it slows processes that are less necessary when under acute stress, such as digestion, immunity, higher brain function, and creating sex hormones.

What’s interesting is that stress can be either physical (running from a tiger) or psychological (being fired form work), but it will produce the same effect on the body. And, in today’s modern world, we are subjected to prolonged periods of psychological stress, with all the downstream effects that that brings.

Picture this: Imagine you have a pair of soaked sponges, spilling over with excess water.

These are your healthy adrenal glands that are full with with energy-producing hormones such as cortisol. With stress, you start to squeeze the sponges little by little.

If you don’t take time to rest, nourish yourself, and refill your sponges, they will slowly start to dry out.

Eventually, you wring out the last few drops of cortisol and reach adrenal fatigue. Your body is no longer able to function properly or handle stress. This is why after someone finishes a big project, completes final exams in university, or no longer needs to care for a sick loved one they find themselves sick shortly thereafter.

When we are caring for a dying parent, we end up holding our breath, putting everything on hold, and doing all that we can in the moments in between – essentially giving all that we have – that our tanks run empty.

For a time, we run on fumes. And when that person departs this place, we can exhale. We let down our guard. We often collapse in exhaustion. And frequently, illness will set in, such as a chronic cough or constant cold that won’t go away.

 

 

Dr. Chris Bjorndal is a Naturopathic Doctor focusing on mental health in Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

www.drchristinabjorndal.com

  • 100
3 Nov 18 - 29 Dec 23
Rishikesh, UK, India
  • 53
THE 30-DAY RESET PLATINUM PLUS
 
The most comprehensive package. 
You will benefit from 1 initial consultation, 2 follow-ups, The 30-Day Reset support pack, and the most advanced food intolerance test covering 200+ foods.
This is the best package if you want to start on solid foundations, knowing exactly what to do and how to best follow the program. Having two follow-ups included, you can monitor your progress, identify challenges, and greatly benefit from the active support of your practitioner. 
You are bound for success!!! 
  • 56

Includes one initial consultation, one follow-up, the 30-Day Reset support pack and thorough intolerance test, that utilises a new, state of the art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food intolerances from a list of 120 commonly eaten foods. 
This is the best package if you suspect food intolerances, or know you react to certain foods so that during the program you only eliminate the foods that may cause symptoms, adding welcoming shortcuts when re-introducing problematic foods into the diet. This greatly increases compliance and allows you to be your best and stay your best

  • 18
THE 30 DAY RESET GOLD
 
This package includes The 30-Day Reset support pack, 1 initial consultation, 1 follow-up, and a food intolerance test, which includes 59 commonly eaten foods.
The test is done in the clinic with a simple pinprick. 
Results are given in person in just 40 minutes.
  • 9

Do not start blind. 
Includes a consultation, a follow-up, and The 30-Day Reset support pack, allowing you to start on solid foundations. The plan will be truly individualised to your needs and give you a sense of direction, knowing exactly where you stand and what needs to be done to reach optimum health and monitor your progress.

  • 9

I am looking for a participation of 25 people to write a piece on food waste, how to prevent it, and what are your solutions and how you implement them in your daily life, and how to help with recycling if it is not possible to avoid plastic and other wraps, containers, whatever they may be. 

Does not matter where you are in the world. 

 

The piece will be published on www.nutrunity.com platform and shared via media sites, including here. Please provide a short bio and picture, if possible. 

 

Thank you for taking part and help the world be a better place and do not hesitate to message me if you require any further information.  

  • 10

Become the hero of your own journey, happier, healthier and full of vitality.

Retune your body. Reduce inflammation. Reverse disease. Loose weight naturally. 

  • 19

Overlapping conditions:

  • Difficulties in hearing (used to wear hearing aids): 2 years
  • Effusion on all four limbs, specially lower legs: 4 years
  • Food cravings
  • High blood pressure: 2 years
  • Ocular migraine: 2 years
  • Overweight: 3 years
  • Scintillating scotoma: 20 years
  • Tinnitus: 30 years
  • Urinary incontinence: Bladder used to wake her up 1 ~ 3 times a night for 2 years
  • Pains: Lower back, both hips and right ankle for 4 years

History:

  • Lymphoma on the ilia primarily on the left side
    There were tumors on the sacra and right ilia to a lesser extent.
  • Chemotherapy from November 2012 for three months

Medications:

  • HCT (23mg) for high blood pressure since 2017
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment.
  • Claritin (10mg) for itching since 2008
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment.
  • Ibuprofen (2~4 tablets a day)
    Has stopped since the 1st treatment
  • Levothyroxine (125mcg) for Hashimoto’s disease since 1995
    Has stopped since Day 36, 08/05/18.

Improvements So Far:

  • Normal blood pressure
  • No food cravings
  • No pains
  • No urinary incontinence
  • Bladder has stopped waking her up.
  • Other improvements: vision, hearing and tinnitus
  • Has lost 17 lbs from 254 lbs

Learn more: https://saahm.net/hashimotos-disease-testimonial-vb-day-49-treatment-33/

  • 22
... or jump to: 2017, 2016